AN ANCIENT BELIEF FOR NEW (FALSE) PROPHETS
There is a sure fire way to anticipate and judge if a person is a major candidate for the role of false, date setting prophet of the last things especially of the so-called Rapture, Great Disappearance or Snatching Away of the believing prepared. And it isn’t because of believing in the idea itself. Belief in a time when “one shall be taken and the other left” (Luk 17:36) and the (Last) Trump will sound (1 Cor 15:52) – an occurrence whose general season might be recognized though its precise day and hour cannot be known (Matt 24:36) – is something established from the first.
It is even an error in its own right to declare like many today that the doctrine of Rapture is wholly an invention of the early nineteenth century and especially a bible teacher, John Nelson Darby (1800 – 1882). However vaguely and unsystematically, the early church did always own some notion of being delivered, rather like Noah before the flood, from a time of extreme and final “Tribulation” upon earth under an Antichrist or false messiah. As Ephraem the Syrian had it c. 373 ….all saints and Elect of the Lord are gathered together before the tribulation which is about to come and are taken to the Lord, in order that they may not see at any time the confusion which overwhelms the world.
AMERICA AND APOCALYPSE
American Christianity has nonetheless been exceptional for its emphasis upon apocalypse (Seventh Day Adventism is a faith native to America); but this fits not simply the nation’s originally very Protestant and biblical faith roots but its entire orientation towards the future for which it plans and on which it speculates. Periodically Europe too has had apocalyptic concerns and theories; modern dispensationalism itself can even be traced back less to Nelson Darby than to a Renaissance era Jesuit and Portuguese source but the history of end times theory is not the concern here. I shall keep with three Americans who have confused or misled many and why.
The strange and pertinent fact is that not only can we know something about the end of Christianity (or at very least how the first Christians thought of its end) by looking at the time of the faith’s origin, but that if we do this it can be clearly seen how those who stand at variance with the original pattern are demonstrably the chief candidates to be false prophets on the theme.
An obvious and celebrated case is the shockingly perverse false prophet, Harold Camping (b.19th July 1921), who put millions into advertising a false Rapture date on bill boards across America and didn’t dream of compensating those who lost homes and businesses under his influence.
Lacking a specific birth time we can only know – but in this case only need to know – that Camping’s natal sun at somewhere between 25 and 26 of Cancer was in afflicting, inharmonious square (90 degrees) to the 26 degree Aries Venus which is sign and “ruler” for the whole strange issue of Christianity’s endings.
But not to run ahead of matters, how and why could this Venus ever be sign and ruler of this controversial question?
TIMING THE BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND THE END
The birth time and chart of Christianity is rather easy to establish from its 30 AD Pentecost inception. Its pattern has been working across history and it still works. This is demonstrated in irrefutable detail in my Christianity’s Destiny, The First and Lasting Signs https://goo.gl/BsB663 and everyone could usefully know about it except that American Christians are great vilifiers of astrology while most astrologers tend to be New Agers disinterested in Christianity while publishing and media are too wise in their own eyes to believe astrology could register anything at all.
The Spirit descended on the first disciples some time around 9 am (Acts 2:15) according to St Peter’s sermon. Since clearly watery Cancer would not be rising over the horizon it becomes obvious that the time had to be a little past 9 am with fiery Leo beginning to rise followed by extreme and revolutionary Uranus in conjunction with such asteroids as Isa (Jesus) Charis (Grace) Coelum (heaven) and Aeternitas (Eternity) and Semper (for ever). In an era without clocks the apostle’s “third hour “ had to be around 9.15 am with 2 Leo rising. And this supplies the pattern that works for the religion to this day. Conjunct the event’s Midheaven (destiny point) event was Venus, sign of doves itself conjunct Columbia (dove), in fiery, cardinal Aries. The Spirit is like a fiery dove descending.
But endings and grave places are connected to a birth chart’s fourth house cusp. At Pentecost this cusp was bordering 23 and 24 Libra, an aerial, cardinal (fast moving) sign. The sector was ruled by the mentioned fiery Venus/dove in cardinal Aries.
This alone is suggestive of how believers will be inclined to believe their end must be : extremely sudden and likely up in the skies (the notion of actual disappearance is well covered by the way that Moon in royal Leo conjunct Church, clear imagery for the royal bride, through this same moon “rules” the sector of any disappearances). But the fact that Venus is also squared by a conjunction of Neptune (any disappearance and mystery) with Mars (any violence and destruction) also fits the picture. It even agrees with the claim “behold I show you a mystery” but that this sudden, and confusion-inviting disappearance mystery could occur when the talk is of Venusian “peace and security/safety)” and that despite this concern with peace destruction breaks out (1 Thess 5:3).
THE 1988 FALSE CALL
Edgar C Whisenant was born 25th September 1932 and wrote an American evangelical bestseller 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988. He assumed the Rapture would take place in early September that year. Whisenant’s Pluto at 23 Cancer (i.e.again from the sector of hidden enemies and what undermines that marked Camping ) affliction squared the 23/24 Libra endings point.
This makes interesting comparison with someone who without any heretical date setting nonetheless rather fortunately and lucratively touched a raw, chiefly American nerve writing Left Behind novels about Christianity’s End, Rapture, Tribulation and Antichrist. This was Tim LaHaye (b. 27 April 1926) who shows a Mars conjunct fortunate Jupiter in Aquarius at 23 and 24 Aquarius respectively making fortunate trine to that crucial endings point in Libra. Likewise Nelson Darby set no dates but his natal Saturn to Venus trine from 23 Leo to 23 Sagittarius has the endings point of the Pentecost chart for its midpoint which must be considered positive.
But in some respects, the origin of modern date setting (though he did that reluctantly and began with a possible year rather than a day date) was William Miller (b.15 Feb 1782), founder of Seventh Day Adventism. With his Mars conjunct Pentecost’s destiny and endings Venus plus his sun and Uranus aspecting it his obsession with apocalypse is easy to understand. At the same time, Miller’s natal Venus opposite Neptune would not assist clear thinking on a variety of subjects. But almost amusingly for someone associated with what came to be called “The Big Disappointment”, his restrictive and disappointment inclined Saturn was in organized religion sign Sagittarius, extreme at 29 degrees of the sign from where it conjuncts Pentecost’s Part of Illusion !
2017 AND A GREAT SIGN
I don’t know the birth data of Scott Clark whose speculations about the Great Sign of September 23rd this year have led many to assume it could be a Rapture date. Though he doesn’t positively declare it to be such, it is possible that here is another false prophet whose suggestive speculations could disappoint many. But this time round the context is a bit different and it is worth mentioning. Indeed, the sign itself is worth understanding because it surely means and signals something even if not quite what is generally thought (limited views being helped by the fact that Christians foolishly reject as “divination” the same astrology and study of cycles that was crucial in even the birth of Christ, and that the rabbis did not consider verboten and which could help interpretation.
The Great Sign of Sept 23rd is thought to correspond to features of the Great Sign in the heavens of Revelation 12 about the woman and the dragon and the snatching of the woman’s man child to the heavens – the woman being understood to be Israel who first gave birth to the church, not Mary and Jesus – Jesus was never suddenly snatched to heaven.
The problem with interpretations following Scott is that it regards the woman (the constellation Virgo) as soon to be crowned with twelve stars (as per Revelation) when rarely – once in seven thousand years – three transiting planets join the two constellations of Virgo and Leo to make the nine visible fixed stars of Leo into twelve stars.
Since Virgo has always been considered to possess twelve stars crowning her at Berenice’s Lock, and because fixed stars and transiting planets are separate entities (and surely a whole constellation can’t anyway be another constellation’s crown!), it would seem there is no great sign. Except…..at another level there arguably is. What is being joined is an ancient zodiac beginning at Virgo and ending at Leo and such as was once used in Egypt. It has also been appropriated in recent times for so-called “biblical astronomy” and some believe as though on a heavenly frieze its length describes a kind of salvation history stretching across seven thousand years.
A case can therefore be made – and especially if one disposes of a range of astrological signs and data that Great Sign followers don’t know and include – that September 23rd’s sign could well be marking out a period of completion or a new phase, new beginnings. And that could be for Christianity, Judaism or both. (While needless to say if a Rapture occurred any time in the last months of 2017 that would be crisis-making; but other beginning and ending crises and phases could be precipitated by anything from a major Mid-East war to a go-ahead for building of the Third Temple).
THE GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE: GATEWAY TO JUST WHAT?
The so-called Great American Eclipse of August 21st has itself carried a heavy load of strange coincidences or apparent ones. This genuinely is a Great Eclipse because it is the first time since America was founded in 1776 that a total eclipse has crossed only America, a possible hint, especially as the maximum strength of any empire tends to be around two and half centuries (itself approximately a cycle of Pluto), that America will soon lose much influence if not fall altogether. But this is far from all.
For example, the path of totality began over Salem (a name for Jerusalem) in Oregon at the same time as the sun set above Jerusalem; and totality passed over Salems in six or seven US states, (if it was seven that number is supposedly the number of perfection and completion). The 21st of August happens to be the day that 120 years previously the Zionist movement was founded bringing about the Jewish return to Israel.
According to Jewish tradition if a solar eclipse falls on the first day of the repentance month Elul (21st August this year), that spells upcoming misfortune for especially rulers of the East (could that involve Asia and North Korea?!). Totality began over the 33rd state and ended on the 33rd parallel and so it goes. This is without taking into consideration beyond geography and number symbolism, how the same eclipse has hit Mars in the birth chart of both modern Israel and PM Netanyahu, has also hit the moon conjunct Church in the birth chart of Christianity, and even hit the fixed star I of fame and power, Regulus, Uranus and Achristou in the birth pattern of the Antichrist – if that person exists – of the late seeress Jeane Dixon’s visions . This eclipse looks to be busy and major for world events!
IS SCOTT CLARK THE LATEST FALSE PROHPET?
Years ago and long before Scott Clark and Great Sign obsessions, I considered the latter part of 2017 as likely to be quite significant for world affairs. That was before I had even heard of what is now being seen as the year of convergence. i.e. the year in which different biblical definitions of a “generation” meet. The last apocalyptic generation is involved …..if the parable of the budding fig tree is rightly understood (Luk 13:16-19) with this year. 2017 year is 120 years (longest possible biblical generation) from 1897 and the foundation of Zionism, it’s seventy years since the UN declared for a state of Israel in 1947 and it’s fifty years (a Jubilee called a generation and a time of owed things returning) since 1967 and the Six Day War which returned East Jerusalem and more to Israel.
Sometimes there is prophecy; sometimes it’s just a case of “coming events cast their shadows” as the Chinese say and things are sensed within the so-called collective unconscious. While the Net is filling up with overly suggestible, over-sensitive people and a rash of new false prophets forecasting, and largely from dreams, everything from the time of the Rapture and the Tribulation to the Last Judgement, one must allow something to those who believe 2017 could be major in many ways, a turning point. Sometimes things are just in the air and are sensed.
Not because I know little but because I know quite a lot of facts that apocalypse watching Christians don’t know and take into account, I am not going to engage in the preciser kind of forecasts that are quite possible. I would only state that while we must and can reject false prophets, neither should we reject all signs, feelings and coincidences. Discernment is required in times when there are more than usual signs to take into account.
For interest, I shall conclude by presenting the riddle of a near gone viral youtube statement that takes emphasis upon the importance of this year to higher than usual levels of meaningful coincidence or whatever you care to call it. Here we leave behind the world of suggestible end of days dreamers that youtube has rather too many of at present. This is to make wide awake claims and though I don’t have the person’s data, it would seem that either he’s a crazy liar, a victim of remarkable coincidence or someone who without precise date setting is telling the truth. Which is a serious matter if so.